This year's SPAM Sandwiches Competition was overflowing with SPAM creations! Nearly 60 adults and kids from the Louisville area showed up to compete in the competition!

And Louisville's Claire Cox won 1st place in this years' Kid Chef Great American SPAM Championship at the Kentucky State Fair for her Turkey Pesto SPAMINI.  The 17 year old is a senior at Ballard High School and says she loves to cook. She also won first place in the competition in 2009.

The competition called for your most spectacular SPAM sandwich! There was $450 in cash prizes plus chances for the first place winners to win the national grand prize (a trip to Hawaii for adults, $2000 in cash for kids)!

Claire's recipe is now submitted for national judging. She has the chance to win a $2000 cash prize!

Entries were judged on taste (35%), creativity (35%) and presentation (30%).

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Turkey Pesto SPAMINI

Great American SPAM Championship - Kid Chef

Claire Cox (17) of Louisville, 1st Place, 2013 Kentucky State Fair

1 (12 ounce) can SPAM Turkey, diced

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup basil pesto

1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1 loaf Italian bread, sliced

3 tablespoons butter

In medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and pesto. Mix in red peppers, mozzarella cheese and pine nuts until well combined. Stir in diced SPAM. Divide filling between pieces of bread. Butter each side of the sandwich and place in Panini press until hot throughout.

Yields: Approximately 8 servings (two 4-inch pieces per serving).